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Fearsome Weakest Link presenter to front literary version of Desert Island Discs as part of a year-long focus on writing

Anne Robinson, the dark lady of teatime television and mistress of the pointed putdown, is to be re-styled this spring as the presenter of a new celebrity chatshow about books, modelled on Desert Island Discs. Gone will be the black trouser suits and severe stares. In their place, Robinson will be smiling and dressed in approachable pastels.

The BBC2 programme, My Life in Books, will be a literary version of the long-standing Radio 4 music show, with guests such as crime writer Pd James, Downton Abbey actress Elizabeth McGovern, former news anchor Sir Trevor McDonald and the last surviving Mitford sister, the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, all invited to choose their favourite five books. Filmed in front of an audience, the show will run daily from the end of next month »

- Vanessa Thorpe

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